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first_imgIlayathalapathy Vijay, who was last seen in the blockbuster film Theri, is currently wrapping up the shoot of his Bairavaa, which is directed by Bharathan of Azhagiya Tamizh Magan fame.Earlier, rumours were rife that Vijay will be teaming up with director Selvaraghavan for his forthcoming film. According to recent developments, the project is indeed happening and is most likely to be produced by Selvaraghavan’s brother and actor Dhanush.ALSO READ: SJ Suryah to sport macho look for Mahesh Babu’s next with AR MurugadossALSO READ: Ranveer Singh heaps praise on Suriya, says he’s THE original SingamSpeaking about the project, Selvaraghavan was quoted by Behindwoods as saying, “I cannot divulge anything right now.”However, we await an official confirmation from the sources.Meanwhile, the makers of Vijay’s Bairava had recently released the first look posters of the film, which has been doing rounds on social media. The film co-starring Keerthy Suresh is slated to release later this year.Selvaraghavan too is busy with the post-production of his horror film Nenjam Marappathillai. The film starring SJ Suryah, Nandita Swetha and Regina Cassandra is slated to release later this year.last_img read more


first_imgBarcelona are facing a defensive injury crisis, with Thomas Vermaelen having been ruled out for up to six weeks with a thigh complaint.The 32-year-old has endured a series of fitness issues throughout his time at Camp Nou, and is now facing up to another spell on the sidelines.He was forced off during a recent outing for Belgium against Switzerland and was removed from Roberto Martinez’s squad as a result of that knock. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Subsequent scans have confirmed that the former Arsenal man is set to be kept out of action until December.A statement released by Barcelona on their official website read: “The tests carried out on Monday confirmed that first team player Thomas Vermaelen has an injury to the femoral biceps of his right leg. Approximate down time is six weeks.”Vermaelen will now play no part in Belgium’s upcoming friendly clash with the Netherlands on Tuesday.He will also be unavailable to Barcelona for the foreseeable future, leaving them alarmingly short on centre-half options.Gerard Pique Samuel Umtiti BarcelonaWorld Cup winner Samuel Umtiti has already been ruled out for the long-term with a knee problem .He has been missing since September 26 and no timescale has been put on his recovery, with those at Camp Nou waiting to discover how he responds to treatment before pencilling in a return.With Vermaelen now in a similar position, Ernesto Valverde has just two fit options available to him at the heart of his back four.Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet are proven performers at the highest level and are more than capable of covering for absent colleagues, but they cannot afford to pick up any knocks of their own.Barca, who headed into the international break on the back of a four-match winless run in La Liga, have a number of testing fixtures to come before the end of the calendar year.They are set to return to action on Saturday against Sevilla, before then playing host to Inter in the Champions League.A first Clasico clash of the 2018-19 campaign will then see them welcome arch-rivals Real Madrid to Camp Nou on October 28.Before the likes of Umtiti and Vermaelen come back into contention, they will also have to take in meetings with the likes of Atletico Madrid, PSV, Villarreal, derby foes Espanyol and Tottenham.last_img read more


first_imgManchester City aim to reclaim their spot at the top of the Premier League with a victory over Southampton.The English champions had been edging out Liverpool on goal difference but, after the Reds drew 1-1 with Arsenal on Saturday, they now have a chance to move two points clear.The Saints meanwhile have an opportunity to move further away from the relegation spots if they can take anything away from the Etihad Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Mark Hughes’ side come into the clash on the back of goalless draws against Bournemouth and Newcastle respectively, and will have a tough task to get on the score sheet today as City have only conceded three times in the league so far. Game Manchester City vs Southampton Date Sunday, November 4 Time 3:00pm GMT / 10:00am ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial)  TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBC Sports Fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the UK, the game will not be aired on TV.It was scheduled to be played on Saturday November 3, but City’s game against Tottenham last week was moved to Monday due to an NFL game being played at Wembley Stadium the day before. This resulted in their Carabao Cup game against Fulham being shifted to Thursday and the Southampton clash to Sunday. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Manchester City players Goalkeepers Ederson, Bravo, Muric Defenders Stones, Laporte, Otamendi, Mangala, Kompany, Sandler, Mendy, Walker, Danilo Midfielders Fernadinho, Gundogan, Delph, Zinchenko, Foden, De Bruyne, D. Silva, Diaz, B. Silva, Mahrez Forwards Aguero, Jesus, Sterling, Sane Kevin De Bruyne misses out after suffering knee ligament damage for a second time this term towards the end of Thursday’s encounter with Fulham. Ilkay Gundogan is still recovering from a hamstring problem while Nicolas Otamendi and Claudio Bravo remain sidelined.Manchester City confirmed XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, D.Silva, B.Silva, Sane, Sterling, Aguero. Position Southampton players Goalkeepers McCarthy, Forster, Gunn, Rose Defenders Vestergaard, Hoedt, Stephens, Yoshida, Bednarek, Bertrand, Targett, Soares Midfielders Lemina, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Armstrong, Davis, Redmond, Elyounoussi Forwards Gabbiadini, Ings, Austin, Long, Gallagher Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has resumed training after falling absent to an illness against Newcastle last week, and Mark Hughes has no new injury concerns.Southampton confirmed XI: McCarthy, Soares, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand, Lemina, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Ings, Long, Redmond.Betting & Match Odds City are clear favourites according to  bet 365  who rate the hosts’ chances at 11/100. A draw comes at a price of 10/1 while it’s 28/1 for Southampton to pull off an upset.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview David Silva Manchester City 2018-19This is City’s third game in seven days and they will be pleased with the return from the week so far, having won two in two.Although losing De Bruyne to another long-term injury on Thursday was a considerable blow, there is no doubt that City have the depth in midfield to see off Southampton. The likes of David Silva, Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden are all capable of creating chances for the forwards.Remarkably, City have the best defensive and attacking record in the league having conceded three and scored 27 in 10 matches, which makes them deserved favourites to retain their title. Going two points clear of Liverpool would certainly give them a confidence boost.It is not surprising that few experts are backing Southampton to stop the Blues’ charge as Hughes’ team is yet to meet their potential this term. Their only victory of the league campaign to date came with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on September 1, and the fact that they conceded six goals over two games against Liverpool and Chelsea could indicate that this will be another tricky encounter.The South Coast outfit will be hopeful their back line can use the momentum from consecutive clean sheets in their last two outings and provide some resistance against in-form City. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


first_imgThe International Cricket Council’s USD 390 million offer to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) still stands, ICC chairman Shashank Manohar has told India Today.Manohar said ICC recognises India’s contribution but insisted that distribution has to be based on equity and good governance.”ICC is still agreeable to increase BCCI’s share to USD 390 million of the total net revenue of USD 1800 million. It is 21.5 percent of the net revenue,” Manohar told India Today.WATCH VIDEO HERE”England which gets the second largest share is 7.5 percent. India will get Rs 1500 crores more than England. We recognise India’s contribution but distribution has to be based on equity and good governance. ICC is aware and conscious of how much money is required to run the game.”Manohar said no revenue model which said India were to get USD 570 million was ever discussed. He termed this hypothetical talk.”To say India was to get USD 570 million is not true. Such a model was never ever implemented. It was supposed to be implemented from 2016 but many boards had objections and a working group was constituted.”It is all hypothetical talk which has no basis in fact,” Manohar said.BCCI representatives had tried to play the Champions Trophy card at the ICC meeting. India badly rebuffed. Members told India, if you use a gun, we will use other firearms.According to the earlier cycle, every board got 62 million.The revenue model feud between the ICC and the BCCI had taken a turn for the worse when the Indian cricket body outrightly rejected the world body’s offer of an additional USD 100 million in the proposed format.  “Yes, ICC chairman Shashank Manohar gave us an offer of an additional USD 100 million in the new financial model. In fact, he gave us a deadline to get back to him. From our end, we won’t get back to him as we don’t even consider it an offer,” a senior BCCI source present in Dubai had told PTI this week.advertisement”The offer came from Manohar. He is the chairman but ICC is a members’ body and the chairman doesn’t decide who gets what share of the pie. It’s the members who decide. We are still working on the formula with all nations. They are receptive. Mr Manohar doesn’t decide what should be BCCI’s share,” the official had said. The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators wants a resolution and is keen to sit with the ICC and resolve the standoff. The CoA said it does not want to jeopardise players’ interest and it would be now interesting to see how India respond to the “standing offer”.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: May 01, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATIONAL New Delhi: Turkish President Recep TayyipErdogan in Delhi (B+A) Navi Mumbai: Flamingo birds in Navi Mumbai (B) Ahmedabad: Arjun, Shraddha promotes Half Girlfriend (B) Jabalpur: Narmada Sewa Yatra (B+A) Guwahati: Confluence 2017 season 3 (B) Jabalpur: Shankaracharya Praktotsav in MP (B) Jabalpur: Unity Run in MP (B) Allahabad/Jammu/Guwahati/Bengaluru/Bhubaneswar/Patna/Kolkata/ Chandigarh: International Labour Day (B+A) Allahabad: People protest against corruption (B) Dhalai : Reang tribe plants paddy (B) Ahmedabad: Gujarat Foundation Day (B) Amritsar: Parliamentary Standing Committee delegation in Amritsar (A+B) Ranchi: Sendra and Jani Shikar festival (B) New Delhi: Gangwar in Delhi (B) Varanasi: Sur Ganga Music Festival (B) Bhopal : Birth anniversary celebrationprogramme of Aadi Shankaracharya (B) Surat: Bus catches fire in Surat (B) Bengaluru : S M Krishna garlanded (A) Bikaner : Hot day in Bikaner (B) Kolhapur: Maharashtra Day celebrations in Kolhapur (B) Bhopal: Peer Maulana Mohammed Saeed Mujjadidis funeral (B) New Delhi: Naqvi meets Saudi Arabia ambassador (B) Kolkata: 120th birth anniversary of Ramkrishna Math & Mission (B) Chandigarh: Mega Cancer Awareness Camp in Chandigarh (B) INTERNATIONAL St.Petersburg : Military show in St.Petersburg (B+A) Jerusalem : Service marking Memorial Day (B) Mosul : File- Residents carry the bodies ofseveral people (A) Pasadena : 44th annual Daytime Emmy Awards (A) New York : Actresses attend a specialscreening of “3 Generations” (B) Pyongyang : Celebrate May Day (B) Los Angeles : Winners celebrate the new Guinnessadvertisement World Record (B) Tokyo : Men walk past an electronic stockindicator of a securities firm (A) Canton : Tornadoes hit the area (B) Chefchaouen : Tourists enjoy the waterfalls of Akchour (A) SPORTS El Condor/Carlos Paz: FIA World RallyChampionship (A+B) Barcelona : Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament (B) London : English Premier League soccer match (B+A) Detroit : Make the Future Detroit featuringShell Eco-marathon Americas 2017 (B) Madrid : File- Real Madrids CristianoRonaldo celebrates (B) Milan : Serie A soccer match (A) Los Angeles : NBA basketball first-roundplayoff series (A0 PTI PHOTO HS DLlast_img read more


first_imgManchester United should be “embarrassed” at trailing Premier League leaders Chelsea by 19 points and Jose Mourinho’s first year in charge will not be considered a success even if they win the Europa League, former skipper Roy Keane said.Mourinho steered United to League Cup success in February but with the club unlikely to finish in the top four it appears they will need to win the Europa League if they are to secure a Champions League berth next season.United hold a 1-0 advantage from the first leg against Celta Vigo, who they host later on Thursday.”For a club like Man United to win the League Cup and the Europa League, with the teams that are in it, you would expect them to do that,” Keane told ITV.”He (Mourinho) has come up with plenty of excuses over the last few months, but there is no reason why United should shy away from dealing with these challenges.”They are now sixth in the league, I think they are 19 points behind Chelsea. The manager and the players should be embarrassed by that.”Keane also questioned the role of United skipper Wayne Rooney, who has struggled for playing time this season.”Wayne needs to be playing regularly, to keep in shape and stay on top of his game,” Keane added. “If he is going to be a bit-part player at United then forget about it. He has got to move on.”last_img read more


first_imgArgentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said his greatest challenge was to get the best out of Lionel Messi and reach next year’s World Cup finals in Russia as he was officially unveiled on Thursday with a contract through to the 2022 tournament in Qatar.Sampaoli, identified as Argentina’s choice in April but tied to Spanish club Sevilla until the end of the Liga season 11 days ago, said his first contact with captain Messi was positive.”I spoke with Leo yesterday and we are both excited about this project. It’s a boost for us to see how excited he is with this new stage (for Argentina),” Sampaoli told reporters.The 57-year-old, who is fulfilling a long-time dream of coaching his national team, said he had signed a deal with the AFA until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.”The liaison will go through to the 2022 World Cup. Let’s hope we can generate something important for Argentine football,” said Sampaoli, who leaves for Australia with his squad for a two-match friendly tour on Friday.Sampaoli’s long-term deal should bring some stability after nearly two years of turmoil at the Argentine FA (AFA).Gerardo Martino quit as national team manager last July over the AFA’s poor organisation and six months of salary arrears with Edgardo Bauza employed as a stop-gap manager.Sampaoli took fourth-placed Sevilla to their highest finish in La Liga since 2010 during his only season in European soccer after a long career in South America.He is thrilled to have 29-year-old Barcelona forward Messi on his team having faced him in the 2015 Copa America final when his Chile side upset Argentina on penalties.advertisementKNIFE EDGESampaoli replaced the sacked Bauza to ensure Argentina’s form improves and they reach the 2018 World Cup.But their hopes are on a knife edge in the 10-nation South American group from which the top four qualify for Russia.Bauza was sacked in April with Argentina in fifth place in the qualifying group, which would put them in an intercontinental playoff against a team from Oceania.There are four rounds of matches to go with Argentina on 22 points from 14 matches, behind already-qualified leaders Brazil (33), Colombia (24), Uruguay and Chile (both 23).”The South American qualifiers are very complicated. There are some very good teams trying to do the same thing as us,” added Sampaoli.Argentina face Uruguay next in Montevideo on Aug. 31. Then they have home matches against Venezuela and Peru and finish with a visit to Ecuador, who are sixth with 20 points.Sampaoli will make his debut in charge of Argentina against their arch-rivals Brazil in Melbourne on June 9 before his side move on to face Singapore in another friendly on June 13.”Playing a World Cup is complicated,” said Sampaoli, whose Chile team reached the second round before losing to hosts Brazil at the 2014 finals.”It’s a tournament that has to find you consolidated. I dream of building a strong squad.”last_img read more


first_imgSudha Singh produced a superb performance to win gold in the women’s 3,000 metre steeplechase even as Indian athletes produced another superb performance on the third day of at the Asian Athletics Championships here on Saturday.Sudha finished at the top of the podium with a time of nine minutes and 59.47 seconds in front of cheering, jampacked stands at the Kalinga Stadium.Among other Indians in the Annu R. took silver in the women’s 400m hurdles while M.P. Jabir (men’s 400m hurdles), N.V. Sheena (women’s triple jump) and the women’s 4x100m relay team comprising of Merlin Joseph, Srabani Nanda, Himashree Roy and local star Dutee Chand took bronze in their respective events.M.P. Jabir won bronze in men’s 400m hurdles (Photo Credit: Asian Athletics 2017 Twitter)India now have a total of 20 medals. They continue to lead the medal standings with seven gold, four silver and nine bronze.Continental powerhouse China are second on the standings with five gold, six silver and four bronze for a total of 15 medals.Iran are third on the table with four gold and a single bronze.Sudha was in superb form on the day. She was tactically superb during her final, lingering behind the leading four runners throughout before bursting through shortly after starting the final lap.The experienced Indian produced a superb finishing sprint in the last lap to leave the other runners trailing in her wake.Hyo Gyong of North Korea finished a distant second with a time of 10:13.94 while Japan’s Nana Sato took the bronze with 10:18.11.advertisementParul Chaudhary, the other Indian in the women’s steeplechase final was fourth with a time of 10:22.99.Sudha, who has been battling injuries and health problems since the Rio Olympics last year, was happy with her performance.”I was out of action for five months after the Olympics. Even after I resumed training I could not go all out as I used to get dizziness quite frequently. I joined the national camp in December and slowly started to pick up form.”The top runners of Asia had not come for this meet so the overall standard was below my level,” Sudha told reporters.”I have already competed in two Olympics and wanted to achieve something here. I want to win medals at the international level. My target was to do well at the Asian Championships and also at next month’s World Championships.”Annu meanwhile, did well to accelerate going into the final bend as she finished with the silver in the women’s 400m with a time of 57.22 seconds. She finished behind Thi Nguyen of Vietnam who clinched the gold with 56.14 seconds. Aoki Sayaka of Japan took bronze with a time of 58.18 seconds.”I am very happy because this is my first international medal and and it came in front of my home crowd,” Annu said.In women’s triple jump, Sheena came up a best attempt of 13.42m to take the bronze. Kazakhstan took the top two positions with Mariya Ovchinnikova (13.72m) and Irina Ektova (13.62m) bagging gold and silver respectively.In the women’s 4x100m, the Indians surged into third position right at the start and held on till the end.Merlin gave the hosts a good start, surging into the third spot after a slow start. Srabani and Himadri also did well before Dutee produced a strong finish to register a time of 44.57 seconds.Photo Credit: Asian Athletics 2017 Twitter Kazakhstan won gold with a time of 43.43 while China got silver with 44.50.”I was aiming for the gold. But I am happy with the bronze. I am happy with our performance,” Dutee told reporters after the race.last_img read more


first_imgOpener Shikhar Dhawan’s purple patch this year has been extremely fruitful for Team India and captain Virat Kohli wants the southpaw to remain in his happy zone and keep on winning matches for the team.Dhawan slammed 132 runs in 90 balls while Kohli smashed 82 runs off 70 deliveries as India reached the target of 217 with 127 balls to spare, the biggest win while chasing a 200-plus score. Both players forged a 197-run partnership for the second wicket, the highest in Sri Lanka against Sri Lanka.”The last three months have been a great time for Dhawan and he’s cashing in on his purple patch. Hopefully he stays in this happy zone and we’ll make sure he stays there, because he will win you games as long he’s in it. Once he starts going, it’s very difficult to stop him,” Kohli said at the post-match press conference.Kohli also went past 4000 runs in successful run chases for India and is just the third batsmen to reach the landmark after Sachin Tendulkar (5490 runs, average 55.45) and Ricky Ponting (4186, average 57.34). Kohli is averaging over 100 in successful chases with a record 16 hundreds.It all went good for India in this match. After a little bit of punishment initially, their bowlers bounced back in style to restrict the hosts for 216 and then Dhawan and Kohli applied themselves perfectly to chase down the total with 21.1 overs remaining.”They got off to a really good start. We thought we would chase close to 300, it was a good pitch to bat on. The point of batting second was that it would come on later in the day. It came on like a dream,” Kohli said.advertisementComing in to chase a relatively low total, openers Rohit Sharma and Dhawan started the innings on a steady note but Rohit failed to support the Delhi batsman for long as he was dismissed in the fifth over with barely 23 runs on the board.Incoming batsman and skipper Kohli, along with Dhawan, then paced up the innings by thrashing the Sri Lankan bowlers all around the park. It was raining boundaries in the ground and stopped only after they reached the target. Dhawan slammed 20 boundaries and three sixes while Kohli hit 10 boundaries and one six.last_img read more


first_imgEngland coach Steve Cooper on Wednesday said they deserved to get all three points and qualify for the quarter-finals of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup despite letting Mexico comeback and score two goals after being 3-0 up before the hour mark.England rode on goals from Rhian Brewster, Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho to take a healthy lead before Diego Lainez pulled two back in the space of seven second-half minutes.England have six points from two outings and play Iraq at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata on Saturday.2?? wins from 2?? and the #YoungLions are through to the #FIFAU17WC knockouts with a game to spare ??? https://t.co/pddvOtWTv2- England (@England) October 11, 2017″I don’t think we should forget how good we were. To go 3-0 up against a really strong opposition like Mexico. We have played some outstanding football. Looked very dominant with our positioning,” Cooper said at the post match press conference.”We were worthy of going 3-0 up and we missed going further up by missing chance. About conceding the two goals late on, that can happen with young players. We will look and learn from it. Everything we do is a learning opportunity but we did not crumble. We did not concede that third goal.”We did not completely lose 3-0 and got six points from two matches. That is the outcome. So I won’t lose sight of how well we played for an hour. Right in the way we want our England teams to play,” he added.advertisementEngland won against Chile in their opener by a handsome 4-0 margin.Cooper brought Manchester United forward Angel Gomes at halftime replacing the impressive Callum Hudson-Odoi.Asked if that was a tactical move, he said: “I am quite comfortable in playing the 21 boys we have. We were doing managing energy levels and managing legs. Little bit tactical as well. But really happy with Callum and Angel. It actually went to plan.”FIFA Photo On the weather, the coach said it was not a problem for them despite it being warmer than the last game.”It was definitely warmer today but we dominated for an hour and credit to the boys they played with a lot of heart. They make sure we got three points which overall we deserved,” he said.”I don’t think one player went down with cramps. We were running till the end. We are pleased with the fitness levels. Tournament football is about being resilient,” he added.England have highly-rated individual players like Sancho, Hudson-Odoi, Gomes and Foden. Cooper said he is aware of “players who can make a difference” but reiterated it’s about the squad.”We know we have got players on the pitch who can make a difference but I think you can make a difference anywhere on the pitch. Some of the connection of the boys in terms of getting into areas is brilliant.”Cooper said the team has loved being in Kolkata and would do some charity work before leaving as a way of “giving back.””It’s a luxury to qualify after two games in a tournament like this. We are not going to be naive enough to think we have topped group already. We have absolutely loved being in Kolkata.”The people at the training ground and hotel and support have been brilliant. We are going to do some community work tomorrow. We are going to schools and just want to be visible in the local community. The local people have been so welcoming so we want to give something back.”last_img read more


first_imgAustralian batsman David Warner likening the Ashes to a “war” will serve to motivate England, the visitors’ paceman Stuart Broad said, as the teams gear up for a five-match series that begins on Nov. 23.Warner made the comparison last week, in a clarion call to summon “hatred” towards England that drew a mixed response from ex-players and pundits.Broad, 31 and no stranger to Ashes controversy having been constantly heckled during the 2013-14 series, said the Australian’s words could fuel England’s bid to retain the urn.”It is a common theme that ex-Australian players and Australia players are quite vocal in the media,” Broad told Sky Sports on Wednesday. “It is just one of the tactics they use…”Warner’s a very competitive guy… He’s already talked about the Ashes being like a war for him and we can use that to help us.”Broad, who became England’s second highest wicket-taker this year, said the team were completely focused on preparations for the series.”The Ashes tour is the biggest one you can go on,” her said. “We’re just desperate to get to Australia and let it begin. Everyone’s been very focused in their training… I think it’s set up to be a brilliant series.”last_img read more


first_imgVirat Kohli has always had huge amount of respect for MS Dhoni and has always maintained a great friendship with him on and off the field over the years.So it comes as no surprise that when Dhoni gave up the limited-overs captaincy in January this year, Kohli took over the reins and the transition from one captain to another happened seamlessly.Kohli, in a recent chat show, spoke about his relationship with Dhoni and how it has grown over the years.WATCH VIDEO”Our friendship has grown over the years immensely. A lot of people try to spin a story, create a controversy, it doesn’t matter to us. We have no idea what’s been said in the papers because we don’t read it. We go out together, we know there’s nothing happening,” Kohli said on Gaurav Kapoor’s chat show Breakfast with Champions.When asked by Kapoor on how it is to lead a side which has Dhoni in it, Kohli said that it is a blessing to have a player as experienced as MS in the side specially in the initial years of his captaincy.”The transition went so well, him and I are very close. No one felt it on the field as well. Everything is going well, we’re all happy, our relationship’s been the same like it was before. So I feel really lucky that he’s still around in my initial years of captaincy and I’m still learning a lot from him.Kohli also added that he turns to Dhoni whenever he feels the need to and 9 out of 10 times he gets back the right suggestions from the former skipper.advertisement”I don’t think I’ve come across a better cricketing brain just in terms of planning and knowing what’s happening in the game and what can be done.”Sometimes I like to follow my own instinct as well but whenever I ask him anything 8 or 9 out of 10 times he always tells you things that work. So it’s a blessing to have him,” the 29-year-old said.last_img read more


first_imgMONTCLAIR, N.J. — On a day filled with stories from a lifetime in baseball, Yogi Berra was remembered as more than one of the game’s greats.The beloved New York Yankees catcher was also recalled at his funeral Sept. 29 as a man who served his country courageously, delighted in the joys of family and brought laughter with his words wherever he went.Berra died a week ago at 90. He was cremated and his remains were placed by the altar with a gold catcher’s mitt on top and the American flag displayed.Former Yankees manager Joe Torre delivered a eulogy, calling Berra the team’s “good-luck charm” before an overflow church crowd. Also at the service were ex-Yankees Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada and club President Randy Levine.Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan ended his homily, paying tribute to the man and blending two of his most celebrated remarks. Said Dolan: “There’s no fork in the road to eternal life. In that respect, it ain’t over.” (JIM HAGUE) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgBUFFALO, NY — The NFL has its first full-time female coach.Kathryn Smith was promoted by the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday night to take over as special teams quality control coach on Rex Ryan’s staff.She will assist special teams coordinator Danny Crossman and his assistant Eric Smith, filling the role that opened after Michael Hamlin was not retained following the season.Smith’s appointment comes after Jen Welter served a six-week training camp internship last summer coaching inside linebackers for the Arizona Cardinals.Smith is well-known within the Bills staff after spending this season as an administrative assistant for the team’s assistant coaches. She spent the past seven years working alongside Ryan.She was the New York Jets player personnel assistant when Ryan took over as coach in 2009. Smith then served as Ryan’s assistant in 2014, his final year in New York before he was fired and then hired by the Bills.“She certainly deserves this promotion based on her knowledge and strong commitment, just to name a couple of her outstanding qualities,” Ryan said in a statement released by the team. “She has proven that she’s ready for the next step, so I’m excited and proud for her with this opportunity.”Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito expressed his support for Smith in a tweet.“Congrats Kathryn!! I know you will do a great job,” Incognito said in a post that included a thumb’s up and smiley face.This is not the first time the Bills broke the gender barrier. Linda Bogdan, in 1986, became the NFL’s first female scout, when she joined the team’s player personnel department. Bogdan, who died in 2009, was the daughter of late Bills Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson.Several NFL teams have employed women in prominent roles in the front office. Amy Trask was the Raiders’ chief executive officer for owner Al Davis from 1997 until she resigned in 2013.The Jets promoted long-time executive Jacqueline Davidson to director of football administration last season. She was previously the team’s manager of football administration.Dawn Aponte is Miami’s executive vice president of football administration, and has been involved in the front offices of the Dolphins, Jets, Browns and the NFL for 25 years.Among others on a quickly growing list of high-ranking women in NFL franchises include Katie Blackburn, Cincinnati’s executive vice president; Jeanne Bonk, San Diego’s executive vice president and chief financial officer; and Hannah Gordon, San Francisco’s vice president of legal and government affairs.But Smith’s promotion is the latest step for women getting a chance to join the coaching ranks of North America’s major professional sports.In August 2014, former WNBA player Becky Hammon was hired by the San Antonio Spurs to join coach Gregg Popovich’s staff, making her the NBA’s first full-time paid female assistant coach.Last month, the Seattle Mariners hired Amanda Hopkins as an area scout. In announcing the hiring, the team said Hopkins is believed to be the first female hired as a full-time scout by a major league team since the 1950s.In promoting Smith, Ryan said he consulted with Cardinals coach Bruce Arians.“You can see the success some of these young ladies are having in the coaching profession, such as the young lady that is an assistant to coach Popovich at the San Antonio Spurs, and realize how exciting this is for women like Kathryn Smith as well as the Bills organization,” Ryan said.Smith has 13 seasons of NFL experience, and began her career in 2003 as a Jets game-day/special events intern. Two years later, the Jets promoted her to become a college scouting intern, and eventually became the team’s player personnel assistant in 2007.___AP Sports Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgSAN DIEGO — Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos said Friday that the team will play in San Diego in 2016, and he’ll work with politicians and the business community to try to resolve a long, bitter fight over a new stadium.Spanos’ statement was posted on the team website shortly after the Union-Tribune reported that the Chargers had agreed in principle to join the Los Angeles Rams in a stadium expected to open in Inglewood in 2019.It also came shortly after Spanos invited Mayor Kevin Faulconer and County Supervisor Ron Roberts to his La Jolla home for an afternoon meeting.“I am committed to looking at this with a fresh perspective and new sense of possibility,” Spanos’ statement said.A spokesman for Faulconer said Mark Fabiani, who has led the Chargers’ stadium push for 15 years, was not at the meeting. It wasn’t immediately clear if Fabiani, who has attacked Faulconer’s proposals for the last year, will be involved when negotiations resume.Spanos’ announcement was a relief to fans who feared the Chargers would leave their home of 55 seasons and join the Rams in Los Angeles in the fall.Spanos said he hoped the Chargers would remain in San Diego “for the long term in a new stadium.”“I have met with Mayor Faulconer and Supervisor Roberts and I look forward to working closely with them and the business community to resolve our stadium dilemma,” Spanos said. “We have an option and an agreement with the Los Angeles Rams to go to Inglewood in the next year, but my focus is on San Diego.“This has been our home for 55 years, and I want to keep the team here and provide the world-class stadium experience you deserve. Everyone on both sides of the table in San Diego must now determine the best next steps and how to deploy the additional resources provided by the NFL.”Spanos’ announcement came more than two weeks after NFL owners voted to approve Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s plans to build a stadium in Inglewood, near Los Angeles. A competing proposal by Spanos and Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis to build a stadium in Carson was defeated.While the owners gave Spanos the option to relocate to Los Angeles, the league said the Chargers and Raiders would each get an additional $100 million to try to get new stadium deals in their home markets. That money is in addition to a $200 million loan from the league available to each team.“We are very supportive of the decision by Dean Spanos to continue his efforts in San Diego and work with local leaders to develop a permanent stadium solution,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “NFL ownership has committed $300 million to assist in the cost of building a new stadium in San Diego. I have pledged the league’s full support in helping Dean to fulfill his goal.”The next steps are uncertain. Faulconer has insisted a stadium measure be put on the ballot. Faulconer and Roberts said earlier this month that a November ballot issue is more realistic than trying to rush one onto the June ballot.They have also held firm on their offers of public money: $200 million from the city and $150 million from the county. Their proposal calls for the Chargers to contribute $353 million, which could be defrayed by the additional $100 million from the NFL and a naming rights deal.The sides held three brief negotiating sessions before the team walked away from the table in June. A financing plan was never discussed. The Chargers then focused all their efforts on Carson.“We appreciate Mr. Spanos’ commitment to staying in San Diego for the 2016 season to work with the region on a stadium solution,” Faulconer and Roberts said in a joint statement. “We look forward to discussing his vision for a new San Diego home for the Chargers, and will be working with him and our negotiating team on a fair and viable plan to put before voters. We have agreed to meet again in the near future.”Faulconer and Roberts contend that building a new stadium at the Qualcomm site in Mission Valley would be quicker and cheaper than the Chargers’ desire to build a stadium downtown as part of a noncontiguous expansion of the convention center.It’s possible the Chargers could launch their own citizens’ initiative.The Chargers have been trying to replace Qualcomm since 2002, but numerous upheavals at City Hall and the economic downturn in 2008 contributed to a lack of momentum. The long-running saga turned nasty in the last year as Fabiani fiercely opposed Faulconer’s proposals.Spanos’ scorched-earth tactics, orchestrated by Fabiani, angered many fans, who nonetheless turned out for what many thought was a farewell game when the Chargers beat the Miami Dolphins at home on Dec. 20.Several thousand fans stayed after that game, and star players Philip Rivers, Malcom Floyd, Eric Weddle and Antonio Gates, and even coach Mike McCoy, came back out to greet them and sign autographs. Rivers took off his cleats, signed them and gave them away.___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgThe Greek National Team defeated Australia 1-2 in today’s international friendly and recorded their first win outside of Greece since the 2014 World Cup. Greece has not been performing up to their standards in previous friendlies but put on a good showing against a tough opponent today. Mantalos opened the score while Maniatis’ goal from behind midfield was the the highlight of the game.The Greeks of Melbourne created a fantastic atmosphere for the National Team and welcomed the Galanolefki as The Greek National Anthem was heard throughout the Etihad Stadium. Greece was the better side in the opening minutes and opened the score when Samaris played a beautiful through ball to Mantalos, who found the back of the net. The goal came in the 8th minute and it was Mantalos’ first goal with the National Team. Greece gave space to Australia and looked to hit the Aussies on the counterattack, a playing style that seemed to benefit Greece. In the 21st minute, Maniatis scored a magnificent goal from behind midfield (55 meters), doubling Greece’s lead. The Greek midfielder saw the Australian goalie off his line and brilliantly scored his first goal with the National Team. In the second half, Australia controlled the possession, but failed to threaten Greece’s goal. The defense was headed by Papastathopoulos and the Galanolefki stood firm in the back, giving little opportunities to the home side. Australia’s first chance of the game came in the 49th minute from a corner and 4 minutes later, Torosidis came close to giving Greece a 3 goal lead. The Australians were able to cut the lead to one goal in the 58th minute with Sainsbury. Greece looked unprepared from set plays in yet another friendly match and conceded their only goal from a corner. Both teams failed to create chances towards the end of the second half and Greece celebrated their first win away from home since the 2014 World Cup (against the Ivory Coast).The win will help morale as Greece continues to prepare for FIFA World Cup Qualifying. The National Team will begin qualifying in October (could change to September) and have been drawn in Group H with Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Estonia, and Cyprus. Greece will have one more friendly match before qualifying begins. They are scheduled to play a tough opponent, the Netherlands, on September 1st. Greece’s friendly against Russia for September 6th will most likely will be canceled.Greece Line-Up: Kapino, Tzavellas, Papastathopoulos, Stafylidis, Torosidis, Maniatis (70′ Tziolis), Samaris, Cholebas (66′ Christodoulopoulos),  Mantalos, Vellios, Bakasetas (79′ Papazoglou).Source: www.agonasport.comTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgStefanos Tsitsipas is through to the fourth round at Melbourne Park with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 win over Nikoloz Basilashvili.Tsitsipas broke the Georgian player’s serve to take a 4-3 lead, then had a match point on Basilashvili’s serve at 5-3. He served out the match in the next game, winning when Basilashvili hit a forehand into the net.Tsitsipas is the first Greek man to reach the round of 16 at two tennis majors. Next he will face defending champion Roger Federer. The six-time champion conceded only three points on his first serve in a 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 win over 21-year-old American Taylor Fritz, who was bidding to reach the fourth round at a major for the first time..Tsitsipas received a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct from chair umpire Alexandra Robein when he became angry after having his service broken while serving for the third set at 5-4. While serving for the first set, he had to stop because of a screaming infant in the Margaret Court Arena crowd.Rain and wet courts continued to delay the start of play on all the outside courts. Play went ahead on the three main show courts with the stadium roofs closed.Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas smiles as he leaves the court after defeating Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)_____12:20 p.m.Greek stars Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari featured on two of the three main show courts at Melbourne Park as rain delayed the start of play on outside courts.It’s the first time a Greek man and woman have advanced to the third round at the same Grand Slam tournament since 1936.At Rod Laver Arena, Sakkari lost the first set to Ashleigh Barty 7-5 and the Australian received treatment for an apparent stomach muscle issue at the end of the first set. A group of young men in blue t-shirts were vocal supporters of Sakkari, chanting Greek songs that echoed around the closed-roof arena.Over at adjoining Margaret Court Arena, Tsitsipas took the opening set 6-3 against Nikoloz Basilashvili but the Georgian player won the second by the same score.Tsitsipas was having to deal with an inconsistent ball toss, a bird trapped inside the arena that frequently swooped low over the court and a chair umpire that mispronounced his name.One Greek fan frequently began a slow clap just before Tsitsipas’ serves and yelled “go go go.” With the Greek player trailing 3-0 in the second set, moral support appeared to be on the way: Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ coach, came down the stairs and headed to his player’s box. Tsitsipas trains at the Mouratoglou Academy in France.TweetPinShare1515 Shareslast_img read more


first_img Continue Reading Previous MEN: cPCI Serial SBC with ARM Cortex A72 and virtualization functionsNext Green Hills: Secure Platform brings wide range of connected car services Express Logic’s industrial-grade X-Ware IoT Platform—powered by ThreadX RTOS—provides turnkey support for Microsemi’s Mi-V RISC-V instruction set architectures (ISAs). RISC-V, a standard, open ISA under the governance of the RISC-V Foundation, offers the open source community portability as well as the ability to test and improve cores more rapidly than they could using closed ISAs. This is because the RISC-V intellectual property core is not encrypted and therefore can be used to ensure trust and certifications not possible with closed architectures. Microsemi’s new Mi-V ecosystem brings together a number of industry leaders involved in the development of RISC-V to leverage their capabilities and streamline RISC-V designs for customers.Express Logic’s X-Ware IoT Platform, the industry’s most comprehensive deeply embedded run-time offering, includes the ThreadX RTOS, the FileX embedded FAT file system, the embedded GUIX UI framework, the NetX/NetX Duo embedded TCP/IP protocol stack, and the USBX embedded USB support.The X-Ware IoT Platform contains no open-source code, provides high performance, and boasts an extremely small footprint. The X-Ware IoT Platform automatically scales to use only what is needed by the application, making it perfectly suited for the smallest low-power IoT devices. In addition to the performance and size advantages of the X-Ware IoT Platform, Express Logic’s ThreadX, FileX, and NetX Duo have attained the highest level of safety certifications. They include IEC 61508 SIL 4, IEC 62304 Class C, ISO 26262 ASIL D, EN 50128 SW-SIL 4, UL 60730-1 Annex H, CSA E60730-1 Annex H, IEC 60730-1 Annex H, IEC 60335-1 Annex R, and IEC 60335-1 Annex R, 1998.X-Ware IoT Platform also offers advanced security protocols, including NetX Secure IPsec, TLS, and DTLS.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more


first_imgcongatec introduces its first embedded x86-based MIPI-CSI 2 Kit that eases the integration of embedded vision technology into smart transportation checkpoints, access control and ticketing systems. The instantly deployable, industrial-grade platform is application-ready for the evaluation and deployment in harsh outdoor and in-vehicle environments. Engineers benefit from simplified development and accelerated time to market. Typical use cases range from video-based remote assistance, vision-based ticketing and gesture-based control to user and vehicle authentication, biometrics-based driver and passenger analytics, and user-centric content delivery as well as smart video surveillance and vandalism protection.The congatec MIPI-CSI 2 Smart Camera Kit is pre-configured and validated with all required drivers, includes all the building blocks of a smart camera solution, and can be easily customized to support new applications and features. It is 100% compliant with the latest MIPI-CSI standard and optimized to run the MIPI-CSI 2 camera from Leopard Imaging based on ON Semiconductor’s AR0237 HD sensor together with the rugged conga-PA5 Pico-ITX single board computer based on Intel Atom E3900 processors for the extended temperature ranges. It comes with all required configurations and patches, and is ready to run code on the basis of the Linux Yocto kernel.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Infineon: MIPAQ Pro intelligent power module for smart gridsNext Pixus: OpenVPX development platform features mix of conduction and air-cooled card guideslast_img read more